A'lan Kane - Paper Moon
by Paul M. Carhart
Originally published in The Lighthouse Electronic
The latest teen phenomenon to hit the Christian music scene is Mancy
A'lan Kane. About the only thing her new release, Paper Moon
has in common with her self-titled teaser CD that was released last
year, is the song, "After The Rain"...and anyone who has heard both
releases won't even recognize the common song this time around.
not necessarily a bad thing though. Kane's teaser CD was decidedly
under-developed and very acoustic in nature, reminding one of a
coffee house performance. Paper Moon is much more a pop album,
relying on upbeat drums, baseline hooks and bright keyboard and
guitar texturing. Indeed, her latest outing has more in common with
the likes of Sarah Masen or a helium influenced Amy Grant.
where did she come from? Kane, now nineteen, sang background for
Jars Of Clay on a recent tour, who assisted in the lyric
department on no less than four songs on Paper Moon. She
signed her solo record deal on her eighteenth birthday and the rest
is ever-so-short history that we, as listeners have the pleasure
of witnessing first hand.
Kane's innocent voice shows much promise. Her performance is controlled
and surprisingly sincere for someone who has not experienced a whole
lot of life. In fact, what may be most remarkable is that Kane is
not merely a performer, but a songwriter and much of Paper Moon
reflects her introspective ponderings, many of which are inspired
by her parent's divorce and subsequent insomnia.
is often the case on an artist's debut album, musically, Paper
Moon runs the gauntlet from the decidedly pop opener, "Prettier
Colours" to the acoustically percussive "Mad On The Moon" and "Little
Girl" to the string laced title track and on through to the more
hip and upbeat "I'll Be The One" and "Hurricane."
in all, Kane doesn't seem to be trying to be anything other than
what she is: a nineteen year old girl who loves the Lord. Her music
reflects that, giving us all a taste of the thoughts, emotions and
insights that a young girl who has gone through some tough times
experiences. Young people will definitely identify directly with
Kane's music. For us older folks, perhaps through her music, we
can better understand what others might be going through.
nineteen, Mancy A'lan Kane has turned out a diverse and thoughtful
project with Paper Moon. Perhaps at twenty-one she'll dig
even deeper for an encore.